Smokejumpers, water scoopers corral Seward Peninsula fire

Smokejumpers quickly knocked down a fire burning near a mine in the middle of the Seward Penninsula Thursday. The Anchorage Flight Service reported a two-acre fire burning about 46 miles north of Council Thursday evening. The eight smokejumpers, with the aid of two water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft, got a handle on the Gillette Creek Fire […]

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Map of the Applevun and Tiechovun Lake fires burning west and south of Chalyitsik on July 6, 2019

Firefighters continue to battle hot, dry weather while progressing on Yukon Flats fires

  Firefighters continue to make progress on two fires burning in the Yukon Flats despite battling hot and windy conditions. The Yukon Flats will continue to be the hot spot of the state, both literally and figuratively, and is expected to reach near red flag conditions on Saturday.  Firefighters reported cloud cover on both fires […]

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Map showing the Applevunk Fire, Tiechovunk Lake Fire and Kevinjik Fire in relation to Chalkyitsik on July 5, 2018.

Firefighters make progress on Yukon Flats fires, demobilize from Zitziana River Fire

Despite extreme winds gusting up to 40 mph on Wednesday, firefighters are making progress towards containing two lightning-caused fires burning in the Yukon Flats. For the third day in a row, firefighters battled hot and windy conditions while trying to suppress the 2,709-acre Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) and the 140-acre Applevun Fire (#305). Neither fire […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Yukon Flats and surrounding areas from noon to 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Firefighters continue to work on Yukon Flats fires

Firefighters continue suppression efforts on two wind-driven, lightning-caused fires burning in the Yukon Flats since Monday. They’ll be up against red flag conditions tomorrow that predict temperatures could reach as high as 80 degrees with a possible minimum humidity level of 25 percent with wind gusts of up to 35 mph. The red flag warning […]

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First wildfire of the summer burning in Gates of the Arctic National Park

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The lightning-caused Chicken Creek Fire (#303) was discovered by detection aircraft the evening of Sunday, July 1. It is burning within the Gates of the Arctic National Park approximately 22 miles northeast of Bettles and 20 miles west of the Dalton Highway. It is 43.7 acres in size, but is expected to grow […]

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The Applevun Fire (#305) is burning through grass and black spruce on Native corporation land in a modified management option area about 10 miles southeast of Chalkyitsik. Photo by Branden Petersen, BLM AFS

BLM AFS working on two new fires in Yukon Flats

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on two wind-driven fires that broke out in the Yukon Flats on Monday. Four water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and 16 smokejumpers were on the ground trying to suppress the Tiechovun Lake Fire (#304) that threatened four Native land allotments and a cabin about 44 miles east of Fort […]

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Smaller team managing Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; three new fire starts

A small contingent of firefighters remain on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Friday morning as command transfers to a Type 4 management organization. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers have been reducing the number of firefighters providing point protection for cabins and allotments in the areas around the […]

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More lightning holdover fires discovered; Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires demobilize

  Firefighters on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires are packing up and backhauling excess equipment from the fireline as the drawdown of forces continues. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers are reducing the number of firefighters assigned. A small contingent of firefighters will remain to provide point protection […]

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Perimeter map of the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires.

Demobilization of forces underway on the Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; several small fires reported

Firefighters on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires have secured the areas around cabins and homes impacted by the fires and prepared others that may be threatened in the future. Due to forecasted weather and moderated fire activity fire managers are downsizing the number of firefighters assigned. Strong, gusty winds from passing thunderstorms […]

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Fire activity moderates on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires

Scattered rain showers over night were reported on portions of the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires. Forecasted weather calls for mostly cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms over the area of both fires today. Smokejumpers are positioned on Iksgiza Lake to assess and prepare cabins for structure protection should the need arise. Firefighters continue […]

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